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Acer Liquid S1 Review

Acer Liquid S1

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Camera


The 8 MP snapper on the back of the phablet sports an adjacent LED flash, while the phone also flaunts a wide 88 degree angle front camera that can fit more faces in your video chat frame. The camera app interface is with a few shooting modes like HDR or Panorama, and color effects you can apply to your photo or video. Shot-to-shot times are almost instant, which can't be said for the camera app loading duration, as it takes two or three seconds before you actually enter it from the lock screen, for example.

Outdoors the phone produces acceptable, albeit softish photos, with colors slightly overblown. There are no white balance hiccups, but we get slight underxposure of photos in normal mode, which come out darker than what's in front of the lens in reality. Using the HDR mode will remedy this, though saving the photos will be slower.


The camera focus is rather sluggish and jittery, so you have to hold the handset extremely steady and your objects shouldn't be moving at all for a non-blurred shot, especially indoors. When the light starts to dwindle, noise creeps into the pictures way more than it should, and we often get very blurry results.

Video is captured in 1080p resolution with fluid 30fps, but goes underexposed and darker than it should be in reality, just like the stills.





Multimedia


The stock Android Gallery and Play Music app are taking care of the visual and audible delights on the phone. There are photo editing functions built into the gallery interface, and you get a bunch of equalizer presets with the music player, so the basics are taken care of, though the interfaces are not as pretty as on some 3rd party apps.

The loudspeaker is strong enough, housed in the handset's chunky body, but sounding harsh and relatively thin, with no distinct bass to speak of. Acer also offers a DTS surround sound mode in the settings, which in our opinion should be always on, as the sound without it comes out even flatter.

The default video player runs MKV and Xvid files up to 1080p resolution without a problem, but DivX licenses are a no-go, so you need to get a 3rd party app from the Play Store for that. The stock player is rather basic anyway, with only an added loop function for the vids, and no extra options present.


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PhoneArena rating:
5.5Average
Display5.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (258 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size6.42 x 3.27 x 0.38 inches
(163 x 83 x 9.6 mm)
6.88 oz  (195 g)
Battery2400 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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